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The Stanislaus River is a 65-mile long waterway that flows from the Stanislaus National Forest in the Sierra Nevada, through New Melones
Lake. Downstream from New Melones Dam, the Stanislaus flows through two more dams, Tulloch and Goodwin. Downstream from Goodwin, the
Stanislaus River flows past Oakdale, Riverbank and Ripon, emptying into the San Joaquin River.
The Stanislaus River provides
irrigation water to about 55,000 acres in Escalon, Ripon and Manteca. The Oakdale Irrigation District provides agricultural water
to about 62,000 acres in Stanislaus County and San Joaquin County. Agriculture in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties is worth more
than $6 billion a year. Farming has been a tradition in Stanislaus County for over 150 years, growing over 200 commodities. The
value of agricultural commodities produced last year in Stanislaus County was $3.8 billion. Over 20,000 acres were fallowed
in 2015 due to a lack of water. You can’t grow crops without water, but our water situation isn’t just about crops, it’s about
our drinking water and how much we will pay for it. It’s also about how much money we pay for electricity. Can you afford
to pay more? Do you want to pay more?
Stop the Water Grab!
Corruption and a Corporate Takeover.
In 1853, a French water company named Compagnie Generale des Eaux was created. In 1854, CGE obtained the right to supply water
to the public. For more than a century, Compagnie Générale des Eaux remained focused on the water sector.
Study Abroad, Kalu Yala, and a Federal Financial Aid Scam?
Over 4,000 miles away in Panama’s Tres Brazos rainforest, construction is underway to build a jungle town. At first glance Kalu
looks like paradise with thatch roofed huts, a farm to table kitchen, a large garden and running water. Jimmy and his father
Sandy Stice are real estate developers from Atlanta Georgia and Kalu Yala is a for profit business designed to make millions
off the $200,000 homes
they plan to build and sell on the 7,000 acres they own of lush green rainforest.
The Kalu Yala Institute sits directly in the middle of Kalu Yala which allows anyone to start a business and have full access to student
interns for business support, their expertise, to troubleshoot, test products, etc. One of the start ups is called ‘Media
- “a living laboratory in the middle of the jungle.” The founder and CEO of ‘Media Arts’ is Carly Schwartz.
Kalu Yala is a study abroad program that college students apply to. Tuition per semester is currently $6500 to $7,000
be paid for with federal financial aid
, or out of your own pocket. Once accepted, students live, work and study on the
premises through The Kalu Yala Institute. There are 3 semesters a year. Each semester costing $500 more then the last. Students also
receive college credit from the college or university they attend in the US. Students are required to work clearing land and
building the infrastructure needed to build Sticetown
and American tax dollars are paying for what some have called ‘slave labor’.